by Reilly Hodnett/Staff Writer
So far in this season, the men’s swimming and diving team has won all their dual meets and broken numerous records.
Zach Cook, 12, swims the 100 butterfly and the 100 back. Not only does he swim individual events but he also competes in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. This season he broke his own 500 Freestyle school record on Dec. 18 with a 4:49.43.
At the Hamilton Southeastern invitational, the boys broke three meet records for the invitational: the 100 fly event by Cook, the 200 Free Relay of Chris Joven, 12, Travis Black, 9, Ethan Kile, 12, and Cook, and the 400 Free Relay team of Joven, Sam Jennings, 10, Kile and Cook. The relay team of Joven, Black, Kile and Cook also broke a 6-year-old school record in the 200 Free Relay. Cook set the pool record in the 100 fly and the 400 Free Relay team set a pool record while at Hamilton Southeastern.
Additionally, Ben Rader broke the school record for 6 dives on Dec. 7 at Pendleton Heights.
Sam Jennings, 10, started swimming in fifth grade. For high school swim he swims the 200 and 500 freestyle. He also swims the 400 and 200 freestyle relays. Jennings enjoys the team-building aspects of swimming. “We do a team cheer at the beginning and usually a cheer in the middle of the meet after diving. It gets us pumped up,” he said.
Not only does the swim team have a close team, but they also have great success in the pool, winning 8 sectional titles in a row. They also have great success in the classroom. The overall GPA for the boys’ team last year was 3.5. The overall team goals are to win sectionals and score as high as possible.